Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Connecting to Nature

Breeding Birds

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Discover some of the breeding birds of Protection Island.

Breeding Seabirds and Shorebirds of Protection Island
Refuge Planning

Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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In 2010 Refuge staff completed a document to guide Refuge management for the next fifteen years.

Learn more about the CCP...

About the Complex

Washington Maritime Complex

Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Washington Maritime Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS